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I. Berk Tulu



  • Ph.D., Mining Engineering, West Virginia University 
  • M.S., Mining Engineering, West Virginia University 
  • B.S., Mining Engineering, Middle East Technical University

Dr. Ihsan Berk Tulu is an assistant professor in Department of Mining Engineering at West Virginia University (WVU). He received his M.S. in 2009 and Ph.D. in 2012 in Mining Engineering from WVU, received his undergraduate degree in Mining Engineering from Middle East Technical University (METU) in 2004. From 2012 to August 2017, he worked as an Associate Service Follow in the Ground Control Branch at Pittsburgh Mining Research Division (PMRD), National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH).

His research focuses on the area of ground control, rock mechanics, geomechanics and field monitoring/Instrumentation technologies. In these areas, he has authored or co-authored more than 40 technical papers and has been PI on 2 externally funded research projects.

Research Interests

  • Rock Mechanics/Ground Control
  • Geomechanics
  • Numerical Methods
  • Bump/Burst
  • Rock Drilling and Fragmentation
  • Digital Mine Solutions

Teaching Interests

  • Mine Surveying
  • Underground Mining Systems
  • Engineering CAD
  • Rock Mechanics/Ground Control/Geomechanics

Professional Societies

  • Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration (SME) 
  • American Rock Mechanics Association (ARMA) 
  • Pittsburgh Coal Mining Institute of America (PCMIA) 
  • West Virginia Coal Mining Institute (WVCMI) 
  • West Virginia Coal Association (WVCOAL) 
  • Society of Mining Professors (SOMP)